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Leon Osman’s First England Cap – Cynghanedd

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Loyal, awesome one
Leon, Osman
Forwards chase back, commit keen
Fetch the ball, and carry can

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Joins Jelavic, feeds Fellaini
Jinxer, jester, fast and feisty
Shoots spontaneous, scores, or high, too
Shaves the posts, shots too hasty

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 David Moyes, gaffer wise
Drives Osman to grease the wheels
Roy Hodgson, likes our sportsman
Recruits him, Leon Lion for freundspiel

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Friends Arena, Stockholm seat
Famous forever, Zlatan’s strike
Leon shines, deserves Lion’s break
Links centuried Gerrard, don’t get on your bike

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 World Cup call? With Baines and Jags?
Worthy crew, blue brains a-gelling
Fresh blooded now, performance sparkling
His first Noel, (palindrome spelling)

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Notes

Cynghanedd is a Cymric poetic pattern which involves repetition of consonants with variation of vowels. So all you Football Poets who love haiku and limericks, why not try cynghanedd – it’s fun. Of course this one is not a pure cynghanedd – it gets very technical. the greatest practitioner in English was the amazing Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Anyway, it was nice to see Ossie sparkle on his England debut. It’s a fitting reward for his loyalty, hard work, and being the opposite of a prima donna.
Editors: Great work. Probably a first here in 12 years.Apologies for reducing original full length of title to fit page. You wait ages for a Villanelle or a Cynghanedd to come along and then two come along in the same week!

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/leon-osmans-first-england-cap-cynghanedd/